Five stocks at new 52 weeks’ high

West Indian Tobacco lost 25 cents to close at $40.75, with investors exchanging 16,782 shares, but the market closed with five securities ending at 52 weeks’ highs as year-end momentum starts gathering steam.
At the close, the Composite Index gained 8.62 points to 1,453.53 points. The All T&T Index rose 6.07 points to 1,825.75, while the Cross Listed Index added 1.53 points to close at 146.53. Trading ended with the prices of 7 stocks rising, one declined while four remained unchanged.
Investors traded 197,680 shares amounting to $2,775,811 from an exchange of 12 securities, against 15 on Wednesday, resulting in trading in 304,217 shares at $3,580,067.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at four stocks with bids lower than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Gains| Clico Investment Fund finished trading with 25,385 stock units and rose 55 cents close at $25, Guardian Holdings climbed $1 to settle at a 52 weeks’ high of $20, with 384 stock units trading, Massy Holdings closed with an increase of 25 cents at a 52 weeks’ high of $60, with 357 stock units changing hands. NCB Financial gained 30 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ high of $11.30, with 15,200 units crossing the exchange, Republic Financial rose 10 cents to finish at a 52 weeks’ high of $130.10, with investors exchanging 566 shares, Scotiabank added 20 cents and ended at $60, with 1,396 stock units trading and Trinidad & Tobago NGL gained 3 cents in trading of 40,365 shares to close at $21.15
Losses| West Indian Tobacco shares fell 25 cents, completing trading at $40.75, with 16,782 units crossing the exchange.
Firm Trades| Ansa Merchant Bank ended at $35.50, in swapping of just five shares, First Citizens Bank closed at $43, in exchanging of 527 shares, JMMB Group settled at $2.40, with 96,614 stock units changing hands and Unilever Caribbean ended at $23.50, after trading 99 stock units.

Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market slips

Junior Market activities ended on Wednesday with 30 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 1,154,175 units for $4,201,370 compared to 1,065,830 units valued at $4,608,133 from 25 securities trading on Tuesday.
At the close, the Junior Market Index slipped 1.18 points to close at 3,376.87, resulting from gains in 6 securities and declines in 13 while the prices of 11 remained unchanged, leaving the market’s average PE to 13.9.
Trading ended with an average of 38,473 units for an average of $140,046 in contrast to 42,633 units for an average of $184,325 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 37,077 shares at $167,956 compared to an average of 36,256 units at $184,373 for each security traded. In contrast, November closed with an average of 120,579 shares at $506,880 for each security exchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator with 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial traded just 150 units to finish with a gain of 10 cents at $30.10, Blue Power lost 4 cents to end at $6.91 with 12,804 units crossing the market, Cargo Handlers closed with a rise of 55 cents at $10, in swapping of 7,893 shares. Caribbean Producers added just 1 cent to close at $4.81 with an exchange of 1,162 shares, Elite Diagnostic shed 15 cents after 57,675 shares changed hands at $5.30, Express Catering gained 17 cents after exchanging 51,680 shares at $6.32, Fontana closed trading of 93,858 units, but lost 2 cents to end at $7.80. FosRich dropped $1.24 to end at $3.61 while exchanging 25,042 shares, General Accident lost 19 cents in trading 2,000 stock units at $7.50, Honey Bun closed with a loss of 10 cents at $7.60, with 23,290 stock units crossing the exchange, Indies Pharma traded 78,735 shares and fell 5 cents and close at $3.05. Investors transferred 30,200 shares of Jetcon Corporation after falling 15 cents to end at $1.80, Knutsford Express lost 90 cents in trading 1,500 stock units at $10.10,Lasco Distributors closed trading with 88,435 units and gained 20 cents to end at $3.70. Limners and Bardslost 7 cents with 36,899 shares changing hands at $2.82, newly listed MailPac traded 49,373 shares and rose 32 cents to close at a new high of $1.32.Main Eventlost 20 cents to close at $6 after 36,234 shares crossed the exchange, Stationery and Office Supplies lost 55 cents in trading 36,550 units at $11 and tTechfell 50 cents in transferring 50 stock units at $5.50.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

New 52 weeks’ high for Witco

West Indian Tobacco gained $1 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $41 with investors exchanging more than 9,000 shares as some selling came out.
At the close of the market, bids to buy the stock was for 430 units at $40.01 and closed with 854 stocks offered for sale at $41.
At the close of the market, the Composite Index was unchanged on Wednesday at 1,444.91 points. The All T&T Index gained 8.12 points to 1,819.68, while the Cross Listed Index shed 1.12 points to close at 145.00 as prices of 5 stocks rose, 1 declined while 9 remained unchanged.
In the overall market, investors traded 304,217 shares amounting to $3,580,067 from an exchange of 15 securities, against 17 on Tuesday, resulting in trading in 153,598 shares amounting to $1,718,205.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at 3 stocks with bids lower than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
Gains| Clico Investment Fund rose 5 cents and settled at $24.45, with 45,160 units, First Citizens Bank closed with a gain of 95 cents and completed trading at record high of $43, with 686 stock units crossing the market, Scotiabank gained 5 cents and completed trading at $59.80, with 800 units. Trinidad & Tobago NGL gained 2 cents and ended trading of 16,319 shares at $21.12 and West Indian Tobacco rose $1 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $41, with 9,160 changing hands.
Losses| NCB Financial dropped 20 cents and settled at $11, with 48,409 units crossing the exchange.
Firm Trades| Agostini’s traded 29,330 shares at $24, First Caribbean International Bank ended at $8.22, swapping of 12,000 shares, Guardian Media completed trading at $7.80, after exchanging 243 shares. JMMB Group ended at $2.40, after exchanging 17,500 shares, Massy Holdings ended at $59.75, with 615 units crossing the exchange, National Enterprises concluded at $5.55, with 4,642 units. National Flour ended at $1.40, with 100,353 stock units changing hands, One Caribbean Media concluded at $9.75, with 7,800 units crossing the exchange and Trinidad Cement ended at $1.95, with 11,200 units crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market index drops

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Junior Market activity ended on Tuesday with 25 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 1,065,830 units valued at $4,608,133 compared to 783,241 units at $4,794,911 from 26 securities trading on Monday.
At the close, the Junior Market Index declined 33.54 points to close at 3,378.05, resulting from gains in 9 securities and declines in 10 while the prices of 7 remained unchanged and moving the market’s average PE to 12.6.
Trading ended with an average of 42,633 units for an average of $184,325 in contrast to 30,125 units for an average of $184,420 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 36,256 shares at $184,373 for each security traded. In contrast, November closed with an average of 120,579 shares at $506,880 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator with 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging traded 5,443 units to finish with a loss of 1 cent at $2.06, Blue Power rose 5 cents to end at $6.95 with 17,769 units crossing the market. Dolphin Cove closed with a rise of just 1 cent at $11.11, in swapping of 589 shares. Elite Diagnostic added 5 cents and exchanged 1,090 shares at $5.45, Everything Fresh traded 6,000 units and rose 12 cents to close at $$1.22, Express Catering gained 15 cents after exchanging 10,629 shares at $6.15. Fontana closed trading of 205,925 units and rose 32 cents to end at $7.82, FosRich lost 5 cents and ended with 10,340 shares trading, to end at $4.85. Honey Bun closed 20 cents higher at a 52 weeks’ high of $7.70, with 116,987 stock units crossing the exchange, Indies Pharma traded 13,170 shares and fell 25 cents and close at $3.10. Jetcon Corporation transferred just 15 shares after rising 15 cents to end at $1.95, Lasco Distributors closed trading of 17,427 units and shed 40 cents to end at $3.50. Lasco Manufacturing exchanged 97,354 shares, after declining 22 cents to end at $5, Limners and Bards lost 6 cents and traded 88,879 shares at $2.89. Main Event exchanged 758 shares after rising 20 cents to close at $6.20, Paramount Trading rose 16 cents in transferring 3,000 stock units at $2.14 and Stationery and Office Supplies climbed 55 cents in trading of 8,250 units at $11.55.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Witco $5 surge creates big index gains

West Indian Tobacco jumped $5.02 to a 52 weeks’ high of $40, with investors exchanging 700 shares, to record the first trade since the price adjusted for the three for one split last week. The move helped along with increases in eight other stocks to push the All T&T Index up by 1.56 percent for the day.
At the close of the market, bids to buy the stock rose to 23,980 units at $40 up from 20,465 units on Monday. The market closed with no shares offered for sale.
At the close of the market, the All T&T Index surged 27.88 points to 1,811.56, while the Cross Listed Index rose 1.18 points to close at 146.12 as prices of 9 stocks rose, 3 declined while 5 remained unchanged, leading the Composite Index to climb 18.33 points to 1,444.91.
In the overall market on Monday, investors traded 153,598 shares, amounting to $1,718,205 from an exchange of 17 securities, against 12 on Monday, resulting in trading in 65,975 shares amounting to $950,201.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at six stocks with bids lower than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
Gains| Calypso Micro Index Fund rose 5 cents in trading 400 shares and closing at $15.80, Clico Investment Fund concluded trading 5 cents and concluded at $24.40, after exchanging 568 shares, Guardian Holdings added 50 cents to close at $19, with investors transferring 12,500 shares. National Enterprises closed with a gain of 5 cents at $5.55, with investors exchanging 205 shares, National Flour gained 4 cents and completed trading at $1.40, with 10,560 stock units changing hands, NCB Financial closed with an increase of 20 cents and concluded trading of 27,200 stock units at a record high of $11.20. Trinidad Cement rose 15 cents and completed trading with 51,619 units at $1.95 and LJ Williams rose 15 cents and ended at $1.35, with 5,000 stock units trading.
Losses| First Caribbean International Bank share fell 1 cent to $8.22, after exchanging 200 shares, First Citizens Bank lost 15 cents to end at $42.05, with 4,227 units crossing the exchange and Trinidad & Tobago NGL declined by 15 cents and ended trading of 35,659 shares at $21.10.
Firm Trades| Agostini’s traded just 40 shares at $24, Angostura Holdings ended at $16.20, in swapping 2,615 units, Guardian Media settled at $7.80, with investors exchanging 1,567 shares, Massy Holdings completed trading of 120 units at $59.75 and Unilever Caribbean settled at $23.50, with 418 stock units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.

 

Sharp rise in Junior Market index

Junior Market activities ended on Monday with 26 securities changing hands, from 29 on Friday, resulting in an exchange of 883,148 units valued at $4,794,911 compared to 2,703,365 units valued at $18,646,706 on Friday.
At the close, the market index gained 37.52 points to close at 3,411.59, resulting from gains in 9 securities and declines in 11 while the prices of 7 remained unchanged and moving the market’s average PE to 12.6.
Trading ended with an average of 33,967 units for an average of $184,420 in contrast to 93,219 units for an average of $642,990 on Friday. In contrast, November closed with an average of 120,579 shares at $506,880 for each security exchanged
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator with 2 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial dropped $6.68 trading 10,522 units to finish at $30, Caribbean Flavours lost $2.26 to end at $15.64 with a mere 50 units crossing the market. Derrimon Trading gained just 3 cents to end at $2.62 with 149,264 stock units changing hands, Dolphin Cove closed with a rise of only 1 cent at $11.11, in swapping of 589 shares. Elite Diagnostic added 8 cents and exchanged 86,142 shares at $5.40, Express Catering dropped 38 cents after exchanging 43,365 shares at $6. Fontana closed trading of 16,028, units, but fell 30 cents to end at $7.50, GWest Corporation ended with 5,000 shares trading, after rising 6 cents to end at $1.06. Honey Bun closed 50 cents higher at $7.50, with 63,788 stock units crossing the exchange, Indies Pharma traded 5,536 shares and rose 25 cents and close at $3.35. ISP Finance traded 302 shares after falling 31 cents to end at $31.99, KLE Group gained 13 cents in trading of 200 units at $1.53, Lasco Distributors closed trading of 9,000 units and gained 40 cents to end at $3.90. Lasco Financial closed trading of 17,100 units and shed 9 cents to end at $4.41, Lasco Manufacturing exchanged 171,733 shares, after rising 17 cents to end at $5.22, Limners and Bards lost 5 cents and traded 7,500 shares at $2.95. Paramount Trading rose 2 cents in transferring 38,656 stock units at $1.98, Stationery and Office Supplies fell 5 cents in trading of 16,904 units at $11 and tTech exchanged 8,000 shares at $6 with the fall of 1 cent.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Witco setting for a price explosion

Demand for West Indian Tobacco shares continues to build since the price adjusted for the three for one split last week. Bids to buy the stock have been rising and are now at 20,465 units at $40, above the adjusted last sale price of $34.98 but there are no stocks offered for sale.   
In the overall market on Monday, investors traded 65,975 shares amounting to $950,201 from an exchange of 12 securities, against 15 on Friday, when 395,492 shares at $3,053,292.
At the close of the market, the prices of 2 stocks rose, 1 declined while 9 remained unchanged, leading the Composite Index to inch 0.12 points higher to 1,426.58. The All T&T Index rose 1.82 points to 1,783.68, while the Cross Listed Index lost 0.22 points to close at 144.94.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at 7 stocks with bids lower than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
Gains| First Citizens Bank gained 10 cents and settled at $42.20, with 2,293 units crossing the exchange and Trinidad & Tobago NGL rose 20 cents and ended trading of 3,225 shares at $21.25.
Losses| Clico Investment Fund closed with a loss of 1 cent at $24.35, with investors exchanging 13,400 shares.
Firm Trades| Grace Kennedy ended at $3.44, trading 18,689 units, JMMB Group ended at $2.40, with 10,200 units crossing the exchange, LJ Williams closed at $1.20, after exchanging 120 shares, National Flour completed trading 10,000 units at $1.36. NCB Financial traded of 1,000 shares at $11.00, One Caribbean Media ended at $9.75, with 2,400 units crossing the exchange. Republic Financial exchanged 1,402 stock units at $130, Scotiabank settled at $59.75, with 1,718 crossing the exchange and Unilever Caribbean settled at $23.50, with 1,528 stock units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.

Continued stability for IC TOP 10

With the closing of the two initial public offers of MailPac Group and Lumber Depot last week, things started to return to more normally in the market this past week with the two main markets recording net gains for the week.
At the close of a week when the JSE Main Market put on125 points and the Junior Market rose 46 points there was minimal change to the IC TOP 10 list this week with just one change as Fontana returns to the top flight after a brief absence, replacing Caribbean Flavours with the price jumping to $17.90 on Friday. One important development at the end of the week was the release of full-year results, for Honey Bun, with profit rising 67 percent to hit $157 million from a 17 percent rise in revenues to $1.54 billion. Importantly, the company is on the way to earn 70 cents per share for 2020.
The average gains for the IC TOP 10 stocks are 136 percent for Junior Market stocks and 96 percent for JSE Main market Top 10 stocks.
The top three Junior Market stocks, is now led by Main Event with projected gains of 183 percent, followed by MailPac Group with 180 percent and Medical Disposables with potential gains of 167 percent.
Radio Jamaica remains the lead stock with projected gains of 186 percent, followed by Pulse Investments in the number two spot with projected growth of 138 and Berger Paints with likely gains of 120 percent and percent is next.
The JSE Main Market closed the week with the overall PE of 19 up from 18.8 and the Junior Market at 14.2, an improvement over the previous week’s 13.8, based on current year’s earnings. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 18.7 from 7.8 last week with the Main Market PE at 10.6 up from 10.4.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at a discount of 39 percent to the average for Junior Market stocks and main market stocks trade at a discount of 44 percent to the overall market.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns to March next year. Projected earnings, along with the PE ratio for each company’s current fiscal year, are used in determining potential gains with the likely gains ranked in descending order with highest-ranked being the most attractive. Potential values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

This report is compiled by persons who may have an interest in the securities commented on.

JSE main market up 32% in 2019

Main market stocks indices tumbled on Friday, the last trading day of the month even as more stocks recorded gains than losses but the market is still up 32 percent for the year to date.
At the close, JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined 2,858.47 points to close at 550,616.84, the JSE Market Index dropped 2,590.18 points to 501,372.48 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.96 points to close at 136.19.
The market closed with 44 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 18 stocks advancing, 14 declining and 12 trading firm. Main market activity ended with 40 securities accounting for 37,782,232 units valued at $133,425,390, in contrast to 14,106,882 units valued at $179,446,025 on Thursday from 38 securities.
Sagicor Select Funds dominated trading with 17.7 million shares for 47 percent of the day’s trade, Wigton Windfarm with 12.2 million shares and 32 percent and QWI Investments with 4.5 million shares and 12 percent of the overall volume.
The market closed with an average of 944,556 units valued at an average of $3,335,635 for each security traded, in contrast to 371,234 units for an average of 4,722,264 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 653,621 units valued at $8,699,916 and previously, an average of 638,084 units valued at $8,537,415 for each security changing hands. The market closed out October with an average of 957,488 units valued at $13,947,047 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 19 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 18.1 with the main market ending at 19.1 times current year’s earnings.
In the premier market, Barita Investments lost 41 cents to end at $70.59 trading 105,666 shares, Caribbean Cement climbed $1.99 to $79, with 39,047 shares changing hands, Jamaica Broilers gained 99 cents to end at $38, in swapping 49,919 shares. Jamaica Producers rose to $25.50, after gaining $1.50 in swapping 385,895 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed 49 cents higher to $27, with an exchange of 116,951 shares, JMMB Group gained 70 cents to settle at $46.90, with 624,479 shares changing hands. Kingston Wharves added $1.78 to close at $58.78 trading 931 units, Mayberry Investments lost $1.80 to settle at $8.20, in transferring 4,998 shares, Mayberry Jamaican Equities ended at $11.60, after losing 60 cents and swapping 201,944 shares. NCB Financial Group climbed $3 to $208 after 28,093 units changed hands, 138 Student Living gained 40 cents, ending at $4.30, trading 11,608 shares, PanJam Investment settled at $102, after gaining $1 and swapping 19,075 shares. Pulse Investments lost 55 cents to close at $4.20, in an exchange of 100,000 shares, Sagicor Group lost 49 cents to settle at $66.11, with 27,953 shares changing hands, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 95 cents to $11.75, with 584,870 shares crossing the exchange. Scotia Group dropped $1.98 to $53.02, in transferring 169,848 shares, Seprod ended at $50.89 after losing 80 cents in trading 48,617 shares, Stanley Motta climbed 90 cents to $6.30, after swapping 25,600 units and Sygnus Credit Investments closed 64 cents higher, ending the day at $23.64 with 52,609 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 300,150 units valued at US$71,418 with the market index falling 4.48 points to close at 207.39. Productive Business Solutions lost 1 US cent trading 2,125 units, ending the day at 59 US cents, Proven Investments closed at 30.02 US cents, after losing 1.98 US cents in trading 197,049 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments exchanged 69,704 shares at 14 US cents and Sterling Investments lost half a US cent to close at 2 US cents with 31,272 units changing hands.

Demand builds for Witco stock

Demand for West Indian Tobacco shares continues to build with the price adjusted for the 3 for one split bids to buy rising to 19,265 units at $40 well up on the adjusted last sale price of  $34.98, but there are no stocks offered for sale.   
In the overall market on Friday, investors traded 395,492 shares at $3,053,292 from an exchange of 15 securities, against 13 on Thursday, when 183,089 shares traded at $4,447,289.
At the close of the market, the prices of 4 stocks rose, 4 declined while 7 remained unchanged, leading the Composite Index to rise 6.17 points to 1,426.46. The All T&T Index rose 12.19 points to 1,781.86, while the Cross Listed Index added 0.01 points to close at 145.16.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at 4 stocks with bids lower than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
Gains| Massy Holdings gained $1.75 completed trading at a 52 weeks’ high of $59.75, with 180 stock units changing hands, National Flour gained 1 cent and finished trading at $1.36 after swapping of 2,000 shares. Republic Financial jumped $4.01 concluded at $130.00, with 1,617 stock units changing hands and Trinidad & Tobago NGL rose 5 cents and ended trading of 15,811 shares at $21.05.
Losses| First Citizens Bank fell 90 cents and settled at $42.10, in swapping 50 shares, Grace Kennedy closed with a loss of 4 cents at $3.44, after exchanging 1,311 shares, JMMB Group shed 6 cents and completed trading of 201,768 shares at $2.40. Sagicor Financial declined 25 cents to end at $10.75, with investors exchanging 150,706 shares.
Firm Traded| Clico Investment Fund concluded at $24.36, with 1,700 units, Ansa Mcal completed trading at $53.99, swapping of 10 shares, Guardian Holdings ended at $18.50, after exchanging 2,256 shares. Guardian Media settled at $7.80, with 4,000 units trading, NCB Financial settled at $11, with 11,816 units changing hands, Scotiabank settled at $59.75, after exchanging 1,267 shares and Unilever Caribbean ended at $23.50, with investors exchanging 1,000 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.